Russian-UK relations develop positively - Lavrov

Relations between Moscow and London have been developing in a positive manner recently, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the BBC.

This positive tendency was noted during a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and UK Prime Minister David Cameron last summer, and the leaders' decision to establish a new 2+2 format - meetings of the Russian and UK foreign and defense ministers - serves to reaffirm the two countries' willingness to bolster their relations, he said.

Lavrov described the 2+2 format as "very comfortable."

It allows the foreign and defense ministers to comprehensively discuss multiple situations from a political, military, humanitarian and social standpoint, he said.

Addressing the next 2+2 meeting, due to take place in London on March 13, Lavrov said that he and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague would discuss the Syrian crisis, ways to settle the Middle East conflict, including the issue of Israeli settlements, the Iranian nuclear program and other topics present on the agenda of the UN Security Council, where Russia and the UK hold permanent seats.

Commenting on problems facing Russian-UK relations, Lavrov said that problems would always exist in relations between any two countries, especially countries with regional and global interests.

The Russian minister also announced his readiness to tackle these problems.

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